By: Joe Graedon September 4, 2005 1 Comments
    Aspartame for Arthritis

    This is one of the most bizarre discoveries we have ever heard about. A scientist noticed that when he got up out of his chair after watching a football game, his arthritis pain was greatly diminished…

    By: Joe Graedon September 4, 2005 1 Comments
    Aromatherapy for Hair Loss

    When we read about aromatherapy for hair loss (treatment for alopecia areata) in the Archives of Dermatology (November 1998)* we were astounded. The Scottish dermatologists stated that: "Cedarwood, l…

    By: Joe Graedon August 29, 2005 0 Comments
    Listerine Works For Trucker’s Bottom

    Q. I read an article in your column about using Listerine for itchy scalp. It reminded me that forty-plus years ago when I was a glue chemist, we kept a crystal of thymol in our pH buffers to prevent …

    By: Joe Graedon August 29, 2005 0 Comments
    Old Scams In New Bottles

    Why is the grass always greener someplace else? The idea that remedies from a far-away, exotic location are more potent than anything home grown harkens back to the traveling medicine shows of the 19t…

    By: Joe Graedon August 22, 2005 0 Comments
    Lowering Cholesterol With A Bit Of Cinnamon

    Q. I have a history of high cholesterol dating at least to bypass surgery about 12 years ago. My cholesterol was running around 290. Several months ago I decided to try cinnamon, about a quarter teasp…

    By: Joe Graedon August 15, 2005 0 Comments
    Pennyroyal Plants Beat Off Bugs

    Q. A camper recently asked how to avoid insect bites. My family faced this problem when I was young, living in the hills of Arkansas. Much of our food, such as huckleberries or blackberries, came from…

    By: Joe Graedon August 8, 2005 0 Comments
    Echinacea Strikes Out As Cold Cure

    Q. My sister recently visited me with a bad cold and introduced me to echinacea. I now take it three times a day to prevent colds. What do you think about it? Are there any other natural cold remedies…

    By: Joe Graedon August 1, 2005 0 Comments
    Is Carob Healthier Than Chocolate?

    Q. I have heard that carob is a healthy substitute for chocolate. I don't like it as much, but if it really is better I would consider it when I crave chocolate. How healthy is it? A. Carob is complet…

    By: Joe Graedon July 25, 2005 0 Comments
    Will Lemon Conquer Nail Fungus?

    Q. I have suffered for years with a fungal growth under my big toenail and would like to get rid of it. I read somewhere that sticking my big toe in half a lemon every night would do this. Apparently …

    By: Joe Graedon July 18, 2005 0 Comments
    Pomegranate May Help Fight Prostate Cancer

    Q. I have prostate cancer. I heard on the local news that pomegranate juice might lower PSA. Is there any scientific research to back this up? A. A group of scientists in Marburg, Germany, has been in…

    By: Joe Graedon July 11, 2005 0 Comments
    Sour Cherries Worked Against Gout

    Q. My sister has had two recent episodes of gout. Because she has no health insurance, she could not afford to go to the doctor. I gave her some samples of an anti-inflammatory medicine I had on hand.…

    By: Joe Graedon July 4, 2005 0 Comments
    Sugar Solves Hiccup Misery

    Q. My father has been plagued with hiccups at all hours of the day or night. His physician gave him samples of medications to try, but none worked. A friend of mine told me many years ago that a teasp…

    By: Joe Graedon June 27, 2005 0 Comments
    Old-Fashioned Vinegar Remedy vs. Warts

    Q. My great-aunt kept a diary of old remedies for various afflictions. She advocated distilled white vinegar for wart removal. I decided to try her remedy when I discovered an odd wart on my elbow. I …

    By: Joe Graedon June 20, 2005 0 Comments
    Sugarless Gums Can Cause Digestive Woes

    Q. My husband is plagued with diarrhea. He'll be okay for a week or so. Then for no apparent reason, he has diarrhea. He's been eating two coconut macaroons a day for about two weeks. We thought that …

    By: Joe Graedon June 13, 2005 0 Comments
    Turmeric Interaction Could Be Hazardous

    Q. I started taking turmeric to help my psoriasis. Then I developed a severe rash and stopped it. My biggest concern is that I take Coumadin. When I went in for a routine blood test my doctor told me …

    By: Joe Graedon June 6, 2005 0 Comments
    Common Weed Eases Alcohol Cravings

    Q. Some time ago you had a letter from a woman who was drinking too much wine in the evening and wanted to cut back. You told her about a tea or an herbal concoction to diminish her desire to drink. S…

    By: Joe Graedon June 6, 2005 0 Comments
    Doctors Squabble Over Sunshine Vitamin

    Is it any wonder so many people are confused about the sun? On the one hand, dermatologists have been issuing dire warnings for decades. They tell us that sun exposure causes wrinkles, age spots and s…

    By: Joe Graedon May 30, 2005 11 Comments
    Turmeric Can Cause Allergic Reaction

    Q. I am always interested in the arthritis remedies I find in your column. After reading that turmeric could help, I bought some and took the pills according to directions. Several days later I had su…

    By: Joe Graedon May 23, 2005 0 Comments
    Key Remedy Rescues Indian Princess

    Q. I have read with interest your columns reporting keys as a solution for nosebleeds. I've been reading "A Princess Remembers:The Memoirs of the Maharani of Jaipur," an autobiography by Gayatri Devi.…

    By: Joe Graedon May 13, 2005 0 Comments
    Indian Spice Clears Scalp Psoriasis

    Q. Have you ever heard of any remedies for psoriasis? So far nothing that the doctor prescribed has worked. A. Psoriasis is a condition in which skin cells turn over too quickly, causing flakes and re…

    By: Joe Graedon May 9, 2005 0 Comments
    Vicks Helps Relieve Persistent Cough

    Q. I have allergies that result in postnasal drainage. As a result, I find I cough all night long this time of year. Is there a good home remedy to help nighttime coughs? A. Some readers report that V…

    By: Joe Graedon May 2, 2005 0 Comments
    Vitamin D May Boost Cancer Survival

    Q. I know that we need Vitamin D for absorption of calcium. Do you make Vitamin D if the sunlight is coming through glass (when you're riding in a car or sitting by a window)? A. The body makes vitami…

    By: Joe Graedon April 25, 2005 0 Comments
    Skeptic Trashes Magnetic Bracelets

    Q. I cannot believe you would write about magnetic bracelets for arthritis. This is just a bunch of hooey designed to loosen the purse strings of gullible readers. I am surprised you would give creden…

    By: Joe Graedon April 18, 2005 0 Comments
    Cornmeal Fights Fungus on Roses and Toes

    Q. You have responded to many questions about curing toenail fungus with home remedies, but here's one you've never mentioned. Put about an inch of cornmeal in plastic dishpan. Pour in hot water, stir…

    By: Joe Graedon April 11, 2005 0 Comments
    Choosing Chocolate For Good Health

    Q. I am confused about chocolate. I read that it's good for me because of its flavonoids. But I've also heard that alkali processing strips cocoa of most of these antioxidant chemicals. If the good st…

    By: Joe Graedon April 4, 2005 0 Comments
    Laxative Helps Remove Earwax

    Q. I was astonished to hear on the radio that a laxative can be used to remove earwax. Do you have any details? A. Consumer Reports On Health (March, 2005) reports that a few drops of liquid docusate …

    By: Joe Graedon March 28, 2005 0 Comments
    Shellfish Allergy Leads to Hospitalization

    Q. My husband's internist suggested glucosamine and chondroitin for mild arthritis. My husband's medical records state that he is allergic to shellfish. I guess his doctor did not know ground shellfis…

    By: Joe Graedon March 21, 2005 0 Comments
    Would Boyfriend’s Marijuana Cause Her Grie…

    Q. Can semen transmit drugs? If my boyfriend smokes marijuana and ejaculates inside of me could I fail a drug test? A. Semen can carry certain drugs. For example, a woman who is allergic to penicillin…

    By: Joe Graedon March 14, 2005 0 Comments
    Will Coconut Help Thyroid?

    Q. Can coconut counter hypothyroidism? I started eating two macaroons daily to control diarrhea after finding this remedy in your column. I didn't expect any effect on my thyroid. I'd been told my thy…

    By: Joe Graedon February 28, 2005 2 Comments
    Cinnamon-Ginger Drink Fights Heartburn

    Q. I'm disappointed that you did not mention ginger in your comments on acid reflux. My reflux became really bad when I stopped hormone replacement therapy. Acid suppressing drugs worked great, but af…

    By: Joe Graedon February 21, 2005 0 Comments
    No Way To Boost Bust Size

    Q. I'm in 8th grade and have a very small chest size. This wouldn't bother me, except that lots of other girls in my grade have large B and C cup sizes. I have heard that eating lots of chicken helps …

    By: Joe Graedon February 14, 2005 0 Comments
    Treasure Hunt For Whole Grains Beyond Bread

    Q. I keep reading that we should be eating more whole grains. But what are they? My neighbor, who is a nutrition nut, says that whole wheat bread doesn't really count as a whole grain. A. Many of the …

    By: Joe Graedon February 7, 2005 0 Comments
    Soap For Restless Legs

    Q. This is either an urban legend or a friend is playing a joke on me. She says that if you sleep with a bar of soap (not Dove or deodorant kind) the restless leg syndrome (RLS) will not occur. She sw…

    By: Joe Graedon January 31, 2005 0 Comments
    Can Aluminum Be Absorbed From Antiperspirants?

    Q. I have read that antiperspirants could be dangerous because the aluminum they contain can be absorbed into the body. Is there any basis to this? A. The association between aluminum and Alzheimer's …

    By: Joe Graedon January 24, 2005 0 Comments
    Curtail Dog Flatulence

    Q. What can you recommend for dog flatulence? It is so smelly and in the winter we can't put the dog outside at night. A. Look for CurTail. When drops are added to food, they control pet gas with the …

    By: Joe Graedon January 17, 2005 0 Comments
    Flavoring Agent Fights Flatulence

    Q. Do you have a suggestion for someone with frequent, odorous flatus? One of my sons has this problem and besides causing lots of laughs, it also causes the rest of us to groan. A. We recently receiv…

    By: Joe Graedon January 10, 2005 0 Comments
    Magnets Really Ease Arthritis Pain

    Q. I heard a report on the radio about the effectiveness of magnetic bracelets for arthritis pain. My 85-year-old dad suffers terribly and has been taking Celebrex. We're concerned about reports linki…

    By: Joe Graedon January 3, 2005 0 Comments
    Sloe Gin May Substitute In Arthritis Remedy

    Q. I've read about raisins and gin for arthritis. When I went to the liquor store, they said slow gin is best for this remedy. Your Web site just says gin. Which is it? With the bad news on Vioxx, I'd…

    By: Joe Graedon December 27, 2004 0 Comments
    Herbs May Ease Persistent Cough

    Q. Last month I had a nasty cold. Even though it went away after about a week, the cough has lingered all this time. It is troublesome during the day and downright disturbing at night. I hate the tast…

    By: Joe Graedon December 20, 2004 0 Comments
    Melatonin Conquers Morning Migraines

    Q. Since the age of 23 I have had frequent migraine headaches. Over the years, many doctors have prescribed medicines to prevent them, but none has worked. Drugs can stop the migraine if I take them e…